It’s cold outside! The best indoor playgrounds in Winterthur and Zurich
Is the slide at the local park covered by a layer of snow? Has the football pitch turned into an ice rink overnight? And more importantly, is an icy wind blowing, freezing your kids’ fingers and toes and making their noses run? Then it’s time to get your little ones inside where’s it’s nice and warm.
Here are the region’s best indoor playgrounds:
Bülach’s otherwise drab industrial district is home to a real gem: Formel Fun. True to its name, it really is a formula for fun. This “children’s play center with a stylish lounge” is the perfect place for kids to let off steam. The main attraction is a colorful climbing area with numerous platforms. Equally popular is the go-cart arena, where children can race each other in electric go-carts. Then there’s the enormous trampolines, a laser maze and a well-equipped area for toddlers. The toddler area is right next to the lounge, where parents can enjoy a coffee or a glass of prosecco. There’s also a healthy, high-quality lunch menu with dishes such as homemade pasta and hot dogs. In short, Formel Fun is a great place to escape a nasty winter day. Please note, it’s not particularly cheap but the service is fantastic.
At the Starbie indoor playground in Dietikon, children up to the age of 12 can look forward to a paradise of bouncy castles, slides, building areas, mazes, climbing walls and more. Adults can play too – or enjoy a coffee at the Starbie Bistro. And the best part? It’s open 365 days a year.
If you enjoy climbing and want to take things to the next level, head to Schlieren. There you’ll find the Gaswerk climbing center, the largest rock climbing hall in Switzerland, which is also as “cozy as your living room”. Children who enjoy sports will learn about balance, gravity and how to use their bodies to make it to the top. They will also learn about trust, as their parents keep a tight grip on their climbing rope while they clamber from one climbing hold to the next.
Gaswerk also runs the ultra-modern Milandia climbing hall in Greifensee.
Cool kids on skateboards, BMX bikes and stunt scooters enjoy meeting up at the Freestyle Halle at Werdhölzli, just outside Zurich. Freestyle boasts about 1,000 square meters for skating and riding, navigating obstacles and practicing new tricks, plus there’s a bar where friends can take a break and order a noodle soup. Special times are reserved for small children, before the big kids are allowed to come back and rock the hall again. Parents are also welcome, but kids aged about seven and older generally prefer it if they sit up in the grandstand – after all, parents can be pretty uncool!